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Special Issue "Sustainable Catalysis"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 March 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Mark McLaughlin

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
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Interests: Earth metal catalysis; organosilicon chemistry; synergistic catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of precious metal catalysts in organic chemistry has had a tremendous impact on the way organic chemists think about making molecules. Although hugely beneficial, the use of these catalysts has resulted in environmental concerns, with some natural resources dwindling at a worrying pace. Sustainable catalysis therefore offers a solution to this problem, allowing access to the same reactivity as precious metals, while opening new avenues of research that have so far remained elusive to transition metals. The popularity of iron, cobalt, zinc and nickel catalysis has increased dramatically over the past 15 years, as has the rise in the number of reports describing catalysis using earth metals.

In this Special Issue, we invite short communications from colleagues working in sustainable catalysis using non-precious metals. In particular, we invite papers on the use of sustainable catalysis in organic transformations such as natural product synthesis, medicinal chemistry and organic methodology. Furthermore, we welcome contributions from colleagues in the field of inorganic chemistry who wish to disclose novel complexes with potential catalytic properties. The scope of this Special Issue will also allow for mechanistic studies and advances in the use of enabling technologies.

This forthcoming Special Issue of Molecules entitled “Sustainable Catalysis” will be devoted to using more earth-abundant reagents, covering recent key findings in the above fields of research. We look forward to reading your contributions.

Dr. Mark McLaughlin
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Earth abdundant metals;
  • Catalysis;
  • Non-precious metals;
  • First row transition metals;
  • Organic methodlogy;
  • Natural product synthesis.

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